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Emerging: Creative Minds Persevere

2021-2022 K-12 Youth Art Show

Opening Night: Thursday, April 214:30pm-7pm
Open from 11am-5pm on April 23-24, April 30-May 1, and May 7th

Cubberley Community Center, I Building (see map)
4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 94303

The VAPA department is very excited to have an in person K-12 Youth Art Show this year! 

PAUSD’s art students, art teachers, and art programs have all persevered! This show evidences our hearts and minds fully engaged in art making. We have all emerged from quarantine and distance learning to embrace in-person art making with absolute enthusiasm. The K-12 Youth Artwork that we will share in this show, reflects the creative thought, vision, skill, and commitment from a year unlike any other: the 2021-22 school year.

This year, our teachers and students have worked to rebuild and grow creative dexterity and aesthetic understanding. PAUSD has helped students learn new skills in a variety of media and focused on practices supporting equity within our content. Focus was also given to SEL (Social Emotional Learning) experiences, with special emphasis on providing students with ongoing opportunities to explore their personal experiences as the basis for art making. Our students’ artistic stories are the blueprint of who they are and where they‘ve come from. A statement by the artist Ai Wei Wei speaks to our journey this year: “Life is art. Art is Life: I never separate it.

The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) faculty are committed to providing educational opportunities in Dance, Media Art, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art, that engages students, inspires creativity, and enhances learning.

All students in grades K-12 participate in sequential and comprehensive arts education programs that strengthen emotional engagement, inspire passion, develop creativity, and explore one's purpose.  

The arts inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance, learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play.

Quote from: National Core Arts Standards

If you have any questions about the Arts in PAUSD, please contact Program Coordinator: Kelly Martin, 650-329-3944.

VAPA logo design winner

The Visual and Performing Arts Department is excited to share our new VAPA department logo. We really appreciate how it tells a story about our programs visually and that it was designed by one of our PAUSD students!

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